WH Knew Trump Likely Had Been Exposed To The Virus, But He Held Events Anyway
President Trump revealed early Friday morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, but the White House likely knew on Wednesday that the president had been exposed and Trump continued traveling anyway, according to Slate.
- Hope Hicks, one of Trump’s closest advisers, began showing symptoms during a presidential campaign trip to Duluth, Minnesota on Wednesday and reportedly quarantined for the return flight on Air Force One.
- Trump aides told The New York Times that the White House hoped it could keep Hicks’ positive test under wraps, and Trump effectively made no changes to his behavior.
- Slate reported that "Instead of laying low, he traveled; instead of isolating, he met with people at campaign events; instead of protecting those around him, he knowingly risked spreading the virus further."
- Slate also noted that “CNN and the Wall Street Journal both confirmed the White House was aware of Hicks’ positive test before Trump traveled Thursday on campaign business.”
According to The Washington Post, after the White House became aware of Hicks’ symptoms, “Trump and his entourage flew Thursday to New Jersey, where he attended a fundraiser at his golf club in Bedminster and delivered a speech.”
“The president did not wear a mask Thursday, including at the events at his golf course and on the plane, officials said. He was tested after he returned to the White House.” (WaPo)
Others in the Trump administration were careless as well, including White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who “held a briefing with reporters without wearing a mask as if nothing was wrong.”
McEnany also was on the plane to Minnesota with Hope Hicks.